DVD Release: The Scarlet Pimpernel

DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99
Studio: Acorn Media

The Scarlet Pimpernel movie scene

Jane Seymour and Anthony Andrews star in The Scarlet Pimpernel.

The 1982 British romantic adventure TV miniseries  The Scarlet Pimpernel is based on the novel of the same name and Eldorado by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, set during the French Revolution.

In 1792 during the Reign of Terror, “The Scarlet Pimpernel” (Anthony Andrews, TV’s Brideshead Revisited)  rescues French aristocrats while posing as the wealthy but foppish and seemingly empty-headed Sir Percival Blakeney. Percy marries the beautiful French actress Marguerite St. Just (Jane Seymour, Wedding Crashers), but her previous relationship with the evil Robespierre’s (Richard Morant) agent Paul Chauvelin (Ian McKellen, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) may endanger the Pimpernel’s plans to save the young Dauphin (Richard Charles), eldest son of the former King of France.

Directed by Clive Donner, this version of The Scarlet Pimpernel was a fan favorite that premiered on CBS in ’83. It went on to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Costume Design and was nominated for Outstanding Drama Special and Art Direction.


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